The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are crucial for determining their future. Well-nourished children are more likely to reach their full cognitive potential, possess higher socio-emotional skills, and see greater economic and health potential.

Concern’s Approach to Nutrition

Concern’s goal of ending extreme poverty can only be achieved by tackling poverty’s root causes — top among them being poor nutrition, especially among young children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. We look for innovative, holistic approaches to end chronic malnutrition, which can have long-term impact on a child’s cognitive and physical abilities.

Our work includes improving agricultural techniques by teaching farmers how to grow nutritious, diverse, hardy crops. These crops also open up access to markets, thereby improving income for food in case of crop failures. What’s more, they help to rehabilitate and conserve arable land and other natural resources that are especially vulnerable to natural disasters.

We also educate people about better cooking and child feeding practices, and train community health workers and volunteers to improve the overall health of communities so that they can thrive and move out of poverty.